Jia Wang is the Deputy Director and served as the Interim Director (Jan 2021 – Aug 2023) of the China Institute at the University of Alberta, where she has managed research, programs, and government and media relations since 2011. Jia has more than 17 years of direct management experience focusing on the economic and political dimensions of contemporary China and Canada-China relations in various capacities. At the China Institute, in addition to overseeing the operations, she leads policy research initiatives examining Canada's diplomatic, trade, investment, and energy linkages with China. Jia also provides strategic and policy advice on China to University senior leaders as well as executives at public and private sector organizations. She is a frequent media commentator, speaker, and moderator at international, national, and community events.
Before joining the China Institute, Jia worked as a television news reporter, anchor, and producer covering major political, business, and cultural affairs for OMNI TV network from 2008 to early 2011. She also served as a business consultant for Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and as a conference interpreter for various business, government, and higher education institutions at executive-level meetings and major conferences.
Jia holds a Bachelor of Laws from Peking University and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. She has written columns for the largest Chinese newspaper and taught business communication and cultural etiquette in Canada.
Fully bilingual (Chinese and English), she serves on the Board of Directors for Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Winspear Centre for Music and is an Advisory Board Member for the Canada China Forum and supports animal rescue and nature conservation efforts around the world.